January 18, 2018

Unique Lodging Is It For You?

Lodging comes in all sizes and shapes.  When traveling, there are a lot of options available in the European lodging market.  We can camp, stay in a trailer, hotel or a bed and breakfast.  These categories can even be broken down further from ranging hostel to 5 star lodging.

But if a standard room or suite just won’t do, what are your options?  Rest assured,

The choices in the unique category include yurts, jumbo jets, lighthouses, castles, tepees, chateaux, tree houses or even a jail!

But that’s not all, here are 5 very special and unique types of lodging in Europe that may answer your dreams or inspire a trip.

La Balade des Gnomes, Belgium

Trojan Horse Suite at La Balade des Gnomes in Belgium

Trojan Horse Suite from La Balade des Gnomes

Set in a very quiet setting and offering 10 different and unique rooms, La Balade des Gnomes may fill all of your fanciful dreams.  You may opt to sleep in a moon buggy, Troll forest which includes a gold fish infested stream, a boat that is floating in a swimming pool or wine cellar.  Inspired by fairy tales, all of the rooms are decorated in a style that uses motifs and colors from around the world. But what caught my eye was a very unique offering known as the Trojan Horse suite.

Fort Clonque, United Kingdom

For Clonque United Kingdom Unique European Lodging

Fort Clonque by FlickrDelusions, on Flickr

Owned by the Landmark Trust, Fort Clonque is a unique lodging set on an island in the middle of the English Channel where the views are spectacular and storms are something to experience!  The rooms are in a 19th century fortification that has seen more than its share of history.  The fort is reached via a causeway and once you cross the drawbridge entrance you feel as if you have crossed into another time.  Spread throughout the fort, your room may be in an old war room or the German Casement, which was a Nazi gun turret!

Cappadocia Cave Resort, Turkey

One of the more stunning lodging options is the Cappadocia Cave Resort.  Set in one of the most beautiful settings, this hotel not only offers unique lodging but the opportunity to explore a region that is teeming with UNESCO World Heritage sites.  Built into the side of the mountain, the rooms combine actual cave walls with lovely warm wood and other natural stone creating a breathtaking view inside and out.

Utter Inn, Sweden

Utter Inn Sweden and Underwater hotel

Before being set on the lake

The Utter Inn is an underwater hotel located in Lake Mälaren near Stockholm, Sweden.  At first glance, the hotel seems to be another typical Swedish red house on a diving platform floating in the lake but looks are so deceiving!  Once in the house, open the hatch and descend the metal steps to enter your room. There awaits glorious windows offering underwater viewing on all sides!

Sala Silvermine Suite, Sweden

The bedroom of Sala Silvermine Suite in Sweden

The bedroom of Sala Silvermine Suite by Pappilabild

Sala Silvermine Suite Sweden

Sala Silvermine Suite by Pappilabild









The Sala Silvermine offers an underground suite that is accessed by going down the mine shaft.  Upon arrival you will be escorted down the mine shaft and given a tour of the festivity hall and the other nooks and crannies existing on the same level, which by the way is 500 feet below ground! Once in the mine, you will find your room glowing from the chandelier and candles used to illuminate your bed chamber.

Would you stay in an alternative type hotel?

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  1. Elise Walsh says:

    Fort Clonque looks like the place for me! I do love history… and safety…
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  2. Nicole Schuman says:

    This is so cool! Europeans have a really unique ideas on lodging. I would really try that Trojan Horse suite. 🙂 Thanks for sharing..

  3. Tinnah says:

    Those are really unique ones…I hope I can go there someday…

  4. Great post, Debbie! I’m ready to check into that fort Clonque. And those yurts look pretty interesting too. Honestly, they all seem like they’d add another dimension to the experience — something to rave about long after the trip is over.
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  5. Charitzie says:

    Thanks for the idea you have shared us here…I am sure this is a help…
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  6. OH WOW! What great finds. I LOVE all the different options. I would love to stay in any of them. We’re usually on so tight a budget we can’t do anything too fun (some seem to be a little pricier than others when we find them), but if I ever get the chance to stay in some place off beat and wacky like this? Heck YES! FUN post!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Those dang budgets get in the way of so much! I can’t decide which one I’d most like to stay in if I decided to splurge though.

  7. Fun places to try. The closest I came to unique was theme rooms on Oregon Coast where the room was The Princess and the Pea with a high bed and thick curtains, a fireplace and a view of the ocean. I wish I had stayed a couple of nights but it really was a very small population are south of Yachats

    Have you stayed in all these places
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I too have stayed in a hotel with themed rooms. The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA is very famous for it’s elaborate themed rooms. Very popular with the honeymooners!

  8. These are AWESOME! Great post! I’d love to stay in that Trojan Horse in Belgium, and I am sure my husband would too! I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in anything quite this unique, but I would love to stay in a tree house if I could. Always wanted to sleep like Swiss Family Robinson!
    The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) recently posted..Winter in the White Mountains: A photo essay

  9. Book me into Fort Clonque! The Trojan Horse Suite might do, as well. They are all unique. I’m afraid that I might be too claustrophobic for the main shaft or the underwater hotel, however.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Introducing Mr. TWS

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      If I stayed at Fort Clonque I would hope for a nice big storm to come rolling in! There’s nothing like a huge storm 🙂

  10. Wow, how cool would it be to stay in that Trojan Horse?
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  11. I love those unique lodging ! There is one I want to check out sometime in the future: Hotel de Sal Playa Blanca in Bolivia, because it is entirely made out of salt XDD
    Annie – FootTracker recently posted..Chinese New Year Festival @San Francisco

  12. Sabrina says:

    They all look really cool. Unfortunately, these unique kind of hotels usually come a steep price. But if they’re affordable I would totally stay in one of them.

  13. MarryAnnh says:

    That was really unique…I agree…
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